Welcome to The Careers Section of The Hollins website.

Here at The Hollins, we take the future employability and career development of our pupils extremely seriously. We employ a dedicated Careers Co-ordinator, Mr. Ainsworth, who oversees the delivery of impartial careers interviews to all students, as well as organising events for different year groups and working with curriculum teams to promote careers-related learning.

To see our Careers policy visit here

To visit our Provider Access Policy visit here

Here, you’ll be able to find a brief rundown of the provision of CEIAG (Careers Information, Advice and Guidance) at The Hollins.

What is CEIAG?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance. All people, at various stages of their life, receive some sort of support in terms of their career development; the kind of support needed is defined by their needs and preferences.

  • Careers Education = taught lessons on various aspects of career development.
  • Careers Information = news and data about courses, jobs, career paths and opportunities.
  • Careers Advice = suggestions and opinions relating to careers from either an informed or informal source.
  • Careers Guidance = more in-depth support, often helping recipients understand things about themselves or the world around them that otherwise they would not perceive.

What is a career?

A career is defined as “a person’s journey through work, learning, and life”. Here at The Hollins, we understand that the first stages of young people’s career development are often the most important, and we provide comprehensive and ongoing support to our students to help them reflect on their capabilities, understand the nature of the choices they face, and move forward towards their future goals.

The nature of a ‘career’ has changed and continues to change. Many of our students’ parents or grandparents will have grown up in an age where it was common for a person to decide on their future career path very early – with some young people not getting a choice at all – and then working for long periods with one employer. Nowadays, careers are very fluid – young people will have many more employers throughout their lifespan, and they will more than likely have more than one ‘career’.


Our school’s Careers Coordinator, and Careers Leader, is Mr. Ainsworth. He works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and he is responsible for careers delivery at The Hollins. If you have any queries regarding individual careers support to students, or any other queries relating to careers in general, please contact him at ainsworthj@thehollins.com. or by telehphoning school (01254 233500).

Another Careers Advisor, Mrs. Heaton, visits school on Fridays to deliver careers interviews. Both Mr. Ainsworth and Mrs. Heaton hold a Level 6 qualification in CEIAG, so you can be assured that they will provide careers support that is impartial, high quality, accurate and tailored towards each student’s individual needs.

If you are a parent or guardian of a pupil at The Hollins and have any questions regarding information in this section on the website or any other matters to do with your young person’s future career, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Ainsworth directly at ainsworthj@thehollins.com


What should schools offer when it comes to CEIAG?

Since 2018, schools must offer CEIAG provision that meets eight benchmarks of quality. These are called ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks’, as they were defined by a charity called the Gatsby Foundation.

The eight benchmarks are: –

  • Careers in schools should be stable – with a named leader (in our case, Mr. Ainsworth), and clear policies and capabilities.
  • Students should be able to learn from career and labour market information, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Careers provision should address the individual needs of each pupil.
  • The curriculum within school should link to careers topics.
  • Students should receive multiple encounters with employers, employees, and representatives of Further and Higher Education providers.
  • Students should be able to experience workplaces.
  • All students should receive personalised guidance – with at least one chance to speak to a qualified Careers Advisor by the time they leave Year 11.

To view our programme please visit here


We evaluate Careers delivery through school on an ongoing basis, in various ways.

  • We communicate consistently with students in all year groups to evaluate the relevance of information, and the way it is communicated, to students.
  • We also communicate regularly with parents, guardians and/or carers of students in a similar fashion.
  • Each year we undertake a review of the destinations that our students progress onto after leaving the Hollins, and use the findings to review careers provision at school. You can find our latest Destinations data report here.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot communicate with all students and parents/guardians as much as we’d like. If you have something pressing to tell us please let us know by completing this form
  • We regularly speak to local providers of Further and Higher Education, who gain access to speak to our students regularly at scheduled and ad-hoc intervals.
  • We also work with our local Enterprise Coordinator, Stuart Graham, who works for the Careers and Enterprise Company, and we have a specific Enterprise Advisor, Karen Brown of Boost Lancashire, who supports the Careers team and promotes engagement with local employers.

Year 11 – Next Steps

The Hollins does not have a Sixth Form. Therefore, all Year 11s at school must progress onto a programme of full-time education – whether that is A-Levels, a T-Level, or a vocational programme, training (through a Traineeship or Apprenticeship), or service in the Armed Forces.

More information is provided to all Year 11s through one-to-one interviews with Mr. Ainsworth in Year 11, and there is a channel on Teams (‘Y11 Careers’) where more information is available.

However, popular choices for education or training include the following:

Sixth Forms

All Sixth Forms are essentially, extensions of existing secondary schools, where students can progress from year 11 onto Year 12. Sixth Forms welcome applications from external students. They previously offered just A-Levels, but some offer vocational options, too.

Accrington Academy

St Christophers, Accrington

Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS)

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (CRGS)

Westholme School, Blackburn

Haslingden High

Alder Grange, Rawtenstall

St Wilfrid’s, Blackburn


Blackburn College

A provider of A-Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships based in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Burnley College

A provider of A-Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships based in Blackburn, Lancashire. Note: Burnley College’s Apprenticeship offer is known as Themis, which you can find more out about at https://www.burnley.ac.uk/themis-home/.

Accrington and Rossendale College

A provider of vocational courses and Apprenticeships based in Accrington, Lancashire. Note: Accrington and Rossendale College is part of the Nelson and Colne College Group.

Nelson and Colne College

A provider of A-Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships based in Nelson, Lancashire. Note: Nelson and Colne College are part of the same group as Accrington and Rossendale College, and call themselves collectively the ‘Nelson and Colne College Group’.

Runshaw College

A provider of A-Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships with sites based in Leyland and Chorley, Lancashire.

Preston’s College

A provider of A-Levels, vocational courses and Apprenticeships with sites across Preston, Lancashire.

Myerscough College

A provider of vocational courses and Apprenticeships specialising in the Land, Animal and Sports industries, with sites in Bilsborrow (near Preston) and at Witton Park in Blackburn.

Other Providers

Some institutions offer full-time vocational courses but are not, strictly speaking, a Sixth Form or College.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust

A provider of full-time vocational courses, with a new site on Thorneyholme Road, Accrington, due to open in 2020. Please note: ASCT have a link with Accrington and Rossendale College.

Training 2000

A provider of Apprenticeships in diverse sectors including Engineering and Dental Nursing, Training 2000 also offer full-time courses, too.

North Lancs Training Group

A provider of Apprenticeships locally, NLTG also offer full-time courses and Traineeships for students not ready to engage with an Apprenticeship.

ELM Academy

A provider of training and Apprenticeships, specifically for the Hair and Beauty industries.

What is Labour Market Information?

The ‘Labour Market’ is the availability of different jobs and vocations across a particular area – local, regional, national, or international. Looking at the labour market around you can help you understand the importance of the career choices that you will make throughout your education and beyond.

There’s a simple way to think about this. If you love creative industries, and feel that you want to develop a career within them, then considering the labour market around you is important. Is it likely you will find a job in the creative industries in the Hyndburn area? There are some opportunities, but certainly not as many as there will be in locations such as Manchester, Leeds, and of course London. Therefore, studying creative industries may mean that you need to aspire to study and/or work away from Accrington.

How to access Labour Market Information

There are many ways to access labour market information, both online and in person.

  • Possibly the easiest way to access labour market information is to look on a jobsearch website. These are generally the way most people access job vacancies nowadays (before they existed, people used to look in newspapers). Popular sites include indeed.co.uk, www.monster.co.uk, and www.reed.co.uk.
  • Jobsearch sites will give you an immediate understanding of the jobs around you, but of course, you won’t be working full-time until you decide to finish your studies. Therefore, labour market information that deals with trends is probably more useful to you – particularly as it may anticipate coming changes to the labour market from technology.

A quick warning though – some of these information sources are not particularly user-friendly and you may not understand some elements!

  • The Office for National Statistics is the government body that collects information on various things – among them, how many people are employed in particular industries, what qualification levels they have, etc. They have a site called NOMIS which shows labour market information – visit it at www. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/, and you can look at information on particular areas such as Hyndburn, Burnley, and Blackburn, as well as wider regional areas.
  • The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (lancashirelep.co.uk) is an organisation that works across Lancashire, and the industries and economies that will thrive in future years.